October 24, 2016

Real Madrid 4-0 Barcelona, El Clasico: as it happened

Neymar (left) celebrates scoring Barcelona’s second with Andres Iniesta Photo: AFP

“El Clasico, Real Madrid vs Barcelona – Iniesta, Luis Suarez and Neymar crush pathetic Madrid 4-0, with Messi coming off bench to join the fun”

Iniesta: “We only wanted to be ourselves and we have done that. We neutralised Madrid”.

One of the great Clasico pastings of recent times, Madrid were as flat and lumpen as Barca were smart and snappy. Some great goals, and wonderful movement from Suarez and Neymar. The great Iniesta also getting in on the act – and all this with Messi watching most of it from the bench!

Equal to any of those names on the night was young Sergi Roberto, as Oliver Brown explains in his match report.

There was no Lionel Messi, but Sergi Roberto proved a more than capable understudy for the evening. The 23 year-old, making only his 15th start for Barcelona, sliced through Real’s dilatory defence and timed his pass exquisitely for Luis Suárez, who displayed all his quicksilver instincts with a lethal finish into the bottom corner.

The Bernabéu fell silent at the spectacle of Barcelona’s mesmeric keep-ball, encapsulated by the magically elusive Sergio Busquets, described by coach Luis Enrique as the “most intelligent footballer I have ever coached”. Real responded fractiously, with Gareth Bale fortunate not to receive a yellow card for stamping on the ankles of Jordi Alba and Cristiano Ronaldo escaping even harsher punishment for an apparent elbow into the head of Dani Alves.

So yes. Totally one-sided, but fun to watch for the neutral.-telegraph

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